Format Hardcover
Publication Date 07/03/18
ISBN 9781681777641
Trim Size / Pages 9 x 6 in / 288

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White Hot Grief Parade

A Memoir

Alexandra Silber

A powerful and luminous story of grief and coming-of-age and a beautiful tribute to the relationship between a father and daughter.

Alexandra “Al” Silber seems to have everything: brilliance, beauty, and talent in spades. But when her beloved father dies after a decade-long battle with cancer when she is just a teenager, it feels like the end of everything. Lost in grief, Al and her mother hardly know where to begin with the rest of their lives.

Into this grieving house burst Al’s three friends from theatre camp, determined to help out as only drama students know how—and they’re moving in for the duration. Over the course of that winter, the now five-strong household will do battle with everything Death can throw at them—meddling relatives, merciless bureaucracy, soul-sapping sadness, the endless Tupperware. They will learn (almost) everything about love and will eventually return to the world, altered in different ways by their time in a home by a river.

Told with raw passion, candor and wit, White Hot Grief Parade is an ode to the restorative power of family and friendship—and the unbreakable bond, even in death, between father and daughter.

Alexandra Silber is a Grammy-nominated actress and singer who starred most recently as Tzeitel in the Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” She earlier played Hoddel in a revival of the same show in London’s West End. It was those two roles which inspired her to write After Anatevka. Her other Broadway credits include "Master Class," “Arlington" (Outer Critics Circle nomination), "Hello, Again" (Drama League nomination), and “She Loves Me.” She has appeared on all three incarnations of "Law & Order” and has performed in a variety of outlets ranging from The 57th Grammy Awards to Carnegie Hall. She lives in New York, and this is her first book.

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Endorsements & Reviews

White Hot Grief Parade is one of those extraordinarily rare, super special books that I immediately put into a safe, sacred space because I know I will return to it again and again: when I need a story of resilience, when I need to laugh, when I need to lose myself in a brilliant story, when I need to feel creatively inspired by a delightfully inventive writer, when I need emotional catharsis. Silber's prose is so vivid you feel like you're watching a movie, and so personal you feel like she's sitting the bar next to you late at night, indulging every one of your 'So then what happened?' prompts. It is a gift to spend time in her authentic, gentle, witty company while devouring this gorgeously raw book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who craves bold truth telling from one of the clearest and most captivating voices I've ever read.” Mari Andrew, author of the New York Times bestseller 'Am I There Yet?'
“A phenomenal story, all sensitively balanced with perfect timing. Gorgeous and captivating.” Historical Novels Review (Editor's Choice) [praise for 'After Anatevka']
“Silber is a masterful storyteller with a poet’s gift for language and a romantic’s heart. Her novel is pure joy.                   ” Tony award-winning actor Jason Alexander [praise for 'After Anatevka']